Orientation is an exciting time for new resident students as it gives you the opportunity to get settled into your room and get to know your roommate(s) and floormates.
What is Move-In Day like?
Watch a video of a previous year's move-in day to see what move in day looks like! You'll see our returning student street team helping new students bring items from their cars, students in Alumnae checking in with Orientation and Residence Life, and lining up to attend our opening address.For information about move-in day or living on campus, please visit the following site.
Congratulations, you're almost here! This page will give you a sense of what to prepare for your arrival for the start of the semester. This is the information for the 2013-2014 year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
This newsletter contains information about the residence staff, FAQ, a handy what to bring list, fire safety information, an academic calendar, and more!
Move-In DayNew students may move into their residence halls on Saturday, August 31, 2013. When you arrive at the residence campus you will be directed to an unloading zone designated for your building. Please refer to the residence campus map for building numbers and directions to get to campus:
The unloading zones will be in the following locations and marked with balloons in the building's official colors:
|Hall||Pull up on...||Sign color|
|Simmons Hall, Pilgrim Rd. Side
(room #'s X00-X15)
|Simmons Hall, Brookline Rd. Side
|Morse Hall||Brookline Rd.||Green|
|South Hall||Brookline Rd.||Blue|
|Mesick Hall||Smith Lot, Pilgrim rd. entrance||Orange|
||Bartol Lot, Pilgrim rd. entrance
|Transfer students not in North||As directed when you get to campus|
Your first stop will be to check in with Orientation at Alumnae Hall (Map, Bldg 14). There, you will receive your Orientation materials including your schedule for Orientation, your residence key, and your Fenway Card, which you will need to access your building. If you have not yet had your picture taken for your Fenway Card ID, you will have the opportunity to get your picture taken at Orientation check-in. To pick up your ID you will need to present a state issued ID: Driver's license, State ID, US or foreign passport, Military ID, or INS I-1551 resident alien card.
Following your registration, you will be directed to your residence hall to begin your move-in process. If arriving by car, you may unload from your designated unloading location. Once you unload your belongings, Public Safety officers will direct you to move your vehicle to the parking garage on the Simmons main campus. As it is important to keep these unloading zones free from traffic, there will be "Street Team" helpers assisting you as you unload your belongings into carts.
We recommend against parking or leaving vehicles unattended on Pilgrim Road as this is a "resident only" parking location for the Kenmore/Fenway area and is subject to ticketing by the city of Boston without the appropriate sticker.
To help make the move-in process move more quickly for everyone, we are asking families to stagger their arrival times. We understand if you are not able to schedule your arrival at the specified time; however, if you are able to do so, please follow the schedule listed below.
|Students living in triples and quads
||arrive between 8:30 am-9:30 am|
|Students living on the fourth & fifth floor
||arrive between 9:00 am-10:00 am|
|Students living on the third floor||arrive after 9:30 am|
|Students living on the second and first floors
|| arrive after 10:00 am
To assist with your moving, carts and dollies will be provided throughout the morning with assistance from the returning student Street Team. If you need to check out a two-wheeled dolly or additional cart, they will be available for check out with a State Issued ID at a table in the middle of the residence quad.
Undergraduate Orientation will take place from Saturday, August 31, 2013 through Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Please note that all students regardless of whether or not they live on campus are expected to attend the Orientation events on each day of Orientation. We also encourage you to attend other activities through the first week of classes, including the Connections Carnival and other activities. Find out more on the Orientation site »
What is Move-In Day like?
Watch a video of a previous year's move-in day to see what move in day looks like! You'll see our returning student street team helping new students bring items from their cars, students in Alumnae checking in with Orientation and Residence Life, and lining up to attend our opening address.
Are you living on a Theme or Special Interest Community?
We were excited that so many new students signed up for theme communities on their application. While we weren't able to accommodate everyone who requested a theme community, we want to let you know that anyone is welcome to join in on the programming and fun with these communities. Don't know if you are on a theme community or special interest floor? View the cheat sheet below, and read more about each community online!
- Sports Floor (Simmons Hall, 3rd Floor, Brookline), room numbers 300-315
- Foodie Floor (Mesick Hall, 4th Floor)
- Arts & Crafts (Morse Hall, 4th Floor)
Special Interest Communities:
- Wellness Community (South Hall, 1st-4th)
- Women-only Floor (Simmons 1st floor, Pilgrim Rd)
- Substance Free Floor (Simmons 4th Floor, Pilgrim Rd.)
- Transfer Community (North Hall)
Resources and More Information
Welcome Class of 2017 Page: Links to everything you need to know, from advising & registration to submitting your ID photo online. It is incredibly helpful to submit your photo online before you arrive if you did not take your ID picture during summer Orientation!
Facebook, Class of 2017: Get to know your fellow classmates, join in the discussions, and connect with staff.
The New Students web page on the Campus Life site includes frequently asked questions, costs and fees, and information about Special Housing Accommodations.
A "What to Bring" check list. Don't forget to also read your College Housing License Agreement to review the prohibited items!
Residence Hall Room Photos: Take a peek at what your future room could look like. Please keep in mind however that rooms vary in size and layout depending on the location in the hall. All rooms come with a standard twin bed, dresser, closet, shelf, desk, and desk chair. You can also view a sample hall floor plan online (student login required). Please note, all fire doors are not shown on floor plans. Rooms in stairwells will have a fire door into the room next door to them.
Interested in renting a Microfridge for the academic year? To reserve a Microfridge for 2013-2014, please go to CollegeRefrigerators.com or call 1-800-637-7567. Orders must be received by , and the Microfridge will be delivered to your room prior to your arrival on campus.
Your Fenway Card: Did you know you can add money to your Fenway Card to make purchases on- and off-campus at over 75 different locations? The card features a prepaid spending account - "Fenway Cash" - which allows you to make easy, cashless purchases with just a simple swipe! Watch your email for more information on how you and/or your parents can add money to your card and be ready for all your fall purchases. Visit www.fenwaycard.com for more info.
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- Parking information for Commuter Students
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